Electricity as coercion: Is there a risk of strategic denial of service? | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
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"Increasing interconnection of electricity systems both within and between countries has much promise to help support clean energy power systems of the future. If the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing in one place, an electricity grid with high voltage transmission lines can move electricity to where it is needed. This shared infrastructure and increased trade can possibly serve as a basis for peace between neighbors in conflict, but it may also serve as a tool of coercion if the electricity can be cut off by one party," argue Amy Myers Jaffe, LBJ Professor Joshua Busby, Sarang Shidore, a visiting scholar at the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin, and Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute and a professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines in this blog post for the Council on Foreign Relations.